File handed over for St James drugs case

ONE year on from a cannabis factory raid in Daventry town centre, a decision is due to be made on whether to press ahead with any prosecutions.

Police seized £45,000 worth of cannabis from above St James Social Club in Sheaf Street in April last year.

While four men were arrested at the time of the raid, nobody has been prosecuted.

Team co-ordinator for Daventry Police Mark Buttery said: “The file has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will be making a decision on whether to prosecute or not.

“There have been some delays. It has been a complicated investigation.”

A total of 15 officers were deployed on the raid which saw electricians, sniffer dogs and forensics working for several hours on the site.

A skip was brought in and suspended in the air by a crane. Officers then disposed of the plants as well as various growing equipment which was later collected to be destroyed.

Two further raids were carried out on the same day at separate houses on the Grange estate in connection with the raid at the club.

It was the first cannabis factory discovered in the town centre since July 2003, when a factory at Prince William Walk was believed to have made its owners around £400,000.

St James Social Club is now unlikely to reopen because a change of use application for the site has already been given approval. Daventry District Council gave planning permission to Christopher Male for the site to be turned into four flats back in January this year.

There will be three one-bedroomed flats and a single two-bedroomed flat as part of the development work.

Redevelopment work has already started on the site.